After an intimate closing party with friends and family in Amsterdam last Friday, it’s time to salute you and everyone else that has been following us online. A sign of gratitude. One last present. Our musical testament.

As a final endeavour, we asked all SEKOIA team members to select 5 tracks that have stuck with them through the years. Tunes that fully embody the SEKOIA sound, songs with special stories and music that would directly take them back to special moments experienced in the last four years.

During a rainy January afternoon, Will Oirson, Florinsz Janvier and Vela Uniform got together in the studio and mixed all these tracks into one, massive 5 hour recording. Our final podcast and our last gift to you. Lots of recognisable tracks, a collection of classics. Songs that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. A podcast with different chapters. There’s something in here for everyone. Please enjoy it as much as we did creating it!

more

Info
Artist: SEKOIA Family
Based: Netherlands

Social:
SEKOIA: WEB | FB | SC

Image:
Kasper Van Stevenick: WEB

After an intimate closing party with friends and family in Amsterdam last Friday, it’s time to salute you and everyone else that has been following us online. A sign of gratitude. One last present. Our musical testament.

As a final endeavour, we asked all SEKOIA team members to select 5 tracks that have stuck with them through the years. Tunes that fully embody the SEKOIA sound, songs with special stories and music that would directly take them back to special moments experienced in the last four years.

During a rainy January afternoon, Will Oirson, Florinsz Janvier and Vela Uniform got together in the studio and mixed all these tracks into one, massive 5 hour recording. Our final podcast and our last gift to you. Lots of recognisable tracks, a collection of classics. Songs that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. A podcast with different chapters. There’s something in here for everyone. Please enjoy it as much as we did creating it!

SEKOIA
less

As we look back over the past four years we’re really proud of our different podcasts series. A lot of inspiring artists, friends and personal heroes did us the honor and we like to thank every last one of them for their dedicated contribution. Cheers guys!

more

As we look back over the past four years we’re really proud of our different podcasts series. A lot of inspiring artists, friends and personal heroes did us the honor and we like to thank every last one of them for their dedicated contribution. Cheers guys!

Minilogue, Tom Trago, Michael Mayer, Stimming, Roman Flügel, Adriatique, Chymera, John Tejada, N’to, Gregor Tresher, Petar Dundov, Job Jobse, Dj Phono, My Favorite Robot, Fairmont, Nuno Dos Santos, Cinnaman, Elias Mazian, Dimitri, Some Chemistry, Florinsz Janvier, Malbetrieb, Tsepo, Olivier Weiter, Dürerstuben, Will Oirson, Reza Athar, Jorn Liefdeshuis, Spaceandtime, Sirens Of Saturn, Timoka, Vela Uniform, Qbical, PONY, Rachelle Grooten, Alessandro Diga, Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul, Dennis Williams, Daniel Zuur, Mark Antoni, Bergmann and Romyn.

SEKOIA
less

In light of our recent announcement regarding our closing, we promised you to keep on posting music as normal. The thing with rounding up and setting everything straight is, although it’s sad, it also gives you the possibility to praise those who deserve to be praised.

Florinsz Janvier is, and has been, one of the driving forces behind SEKOIA and his place in our podcast gallery feels like a natural thing. His devotion and dedication towards the channel has been unprecedented and along with SEKOIA, Florinsz has also grown into his role as a DJ.

more

Info
Artist: Florinsz Janvier
Collective: SEKOIA
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

Social:
Florinsz Janvier: SC | FB

Image:
Greg_Men: FLI

In light of our recent announcement regarding our closing, we promised you to keep on posting music as normal. The thing with rounding up and setting everything straight is, although it’s sad, it also gives you the possibility to praise those who deserve to be praised.

Florinsz Janvier is, and has been, one of the driving forces behind SEKOIA and his place in our podcast gallery feels like a natural thing. His devotion and dedication towards the channel has been unprecedented and along with SEKOIA, Florinsz has also grown into his role as a DJ.

SEKOIA’s typical sound originated for a big part from his mind, as our channel and his music collecting urge form a harmonious symbiosis. But not everything that Florinsz finds makes its way on to SEKOIA, and not everything SEKOIA posts is Florinsz’s cup of tea (he doesn’t drink coffee… go figure).

We’re pleased to have him on podcast duties to showcase his personal take on melancholic and deep electronic music. The musical growth that Florinsz went through, and his unique asset of combining ethereal melodies with dance ready grooves is laid out before you in our 39th podcast. We tip our hat, thank you for everything sir!

Max Ferdinand
less
Time and space, Spaceandtime spacetime. Bending frequencies, wavelengths and ethereal vibrations with a healthy dose of good laughter in between. You wouldn’t say so by taking a listening to this impressive hour of music, but the guys behind Spaceandtime both have the humour and experience of being part of our scene for a very long time.
 
Developing a healthy friendship through the years and spanning multiple monikers, Aron Friedman and Eric de Man have both left their mark on the scene separately. But when combining their strengths, their real power comes to shine: years of experience, experimenting and life in general have formed them into something else, defying the boundaries of space and time. Hence the name. 
more

Info
Artist: Spaceandtime
Based: Amsterdam
Alias: Aron Friedman, Eric De Man

Social:
Spaceandtime: SC | FB

Image: Unknown

Time and space, Spaceandtime spacetime. Bending frequencies, wavelengths and ethereal vibrations with a healthy dose of good laughter in between. You wouldn’t say so by taking a listening to this impressive hour of music, but the guys behind Spaceandtime both have the humour and experience of being part of our scene for a very long time.
 
Developing a healthy friendship through the years and spanning multiple monikers, Aron Friedman and Eric de Man have both left their mark on the scene separately. But when combining their strengths, their real power comes to shine: years of experience, experimenting and life in general have formed them into something else, defying the boundaries of space and time. Hence the name. 

Florinsz Janvier
less

Two scientists, Olek Smev and Rurik Tamm shacked up together for fifteen years observing the planet saturn. They sent out audio static radiations to find out if there’s any possibility of a reply. 14 years later, an answer came. The data received was coded into music. Sirens Of Saturn’s description of themselves gives some insight in how these guys look at making music. Binary codes, space vortexes and analog sequences is their recipe, and they take steps in evolutionary style: well thought off. Naming space as their musical territory, it won’t surprise you that SEKOIA and the Sirens of Saturn have felt a deep connection from the get go.

Back from one of their exploratory trips to the outer rims of our universe, the Sirens have documented their travels. Capturing the stellar vibrations caught around the rings of Saturn, this recording proves once more that the two scientists are on the right path. Explaining their auditory discoveries at the recent edition of Stekker in the Tunnel, the sounds from outer space were projected upon an unsuspecting audience. With decent amounts of hallucinogenic substances devoured by the crowd, it’s safe to say there were multiple trips made trough time and space that night, propelled by the live generated waves of Rurik and his colleague. We were lucky to find the recording. Listen at your own risk. 

more

Info
Artist: Sirens Of Saturn
Based: Salyut 6 Space Station

Social:
Sirens Of Saturn: SC | FB

Image: Unknown

Two scientists, Olek Smev and Rurik Tamm shacked up together for fifteen years observing the planet saturn. They sent out audio static radiations to find out if there’s any possibility of a reply. 14 years later, an answer came. The data received was coded into music. Sirens Of Saturn’s description of themselves gives some insight in how these guys look at making music. Binary codes, space vortexes and analog sequences is their recipe, and they take steps in evolutionary style: well thought off. Naming space as their musical territory, it won’t surprise you that SEKOIA and the Sirens of Saturn have felt a deep connection from the get go.

Back from one of their exploratory trips to the outer rims of our universe, the Sirens have documented their travels. Capturing the stellar vibrations caught around the rings of Saturn, this recording proves once more that the two scientists are on the right path. Explaining their auditory discoveries at the recent edition of Stekker in the Tunnel, the sounds from outer space were projected upon an unsuspecting audience. With decent amounts of hallucinogenic substances devoured by the crowd, it’s safe to say there were multiple trips made trough time and space that night, propelled by the live generated waves of Rurik and his colleague. We were lucky to find the recording. Listen at your own risk. 

Florinsz Janvier
less

The king is dead. Long live the king! As one of our trusty residents, Will Oirson used to go by the name of Cursed P. Coming from a long background through electro, techno and other styles it was time for a fresh start. To let go of the past and the references that went with it.

A new focus on house in the broadest sense of the word. Having already proven his skills during SEKOIA In Depth, our beach party and earlier this year in Boston, we know his skill in selecting music is more than impressive. So to give him a head start under his new moniker is something we love to do. We’re happy to have him on board. A totally crisp SEKOIA Podcast from the hands of our beloved mister Will Oirson. Enjoy!

more

Info
Artist: Will Oirson
Based: Amsterdam
Collective: SEKOIA

Social:
Will Oirson: SC | FB

Image:
Kuhnmi: FLICK

The king is dead. Long live the king! As one of our trusty residents, Will Oirson used to go by the name of Cursed P. Coming from a long background through electro, techno and other styles it was time for a fresh start. To let go of the past and the references that went with it.

A new focus on house in the broadest sense of the word. Having already proven his skills during SEKOIA In Depth, our beach party and earlier this year in Boston, we know his skill in selecting music is more than impressive. So to give him a head start under his new moniker is something we love to do. We’re happy to have him on board. A totally crisp SEKOIA Podcast from the hands of our beloved mister Will Oirson. Enjoy!

SEKOIA
less

“There was a time that I hated techno, because it was too functional. Too lazy, non-creative and without any imagination in my eyes. Thanks to labels as Minimal Wave, LIES Records News , Hotflush Recordings and Phantasy, to name a few, techno regained its soul. These recent discoveries have made me enthusiastic about techno all over again, and that’s what I hope you’ll hear as well.”

Reza Athar is a name that has been snapping the necks of the club elite for quite some time now so it seems. However, his quick rise actually started just over a year ago. Starting with his Horizon concept, in which he invited artists that needed to be introduced in Holland, he quickly got recognized for his diverse style and infectious DJ sets. Reza’s style is very diverse. He can dive into some italo, head over to post 80’s house and head on to techno, and he can do all of this in under ten minutes. The unique aspect about all of this, is that even though his love for music crosses many genre borders, he is always on point with telling his story, and blending all his records into a single piece of music.

more

Info
Artist: Reza Athar
Based: Amsterdam

Social:
Reza Athar: SC | FB

Image:
Alex Holyoake: WEB

“There was a time that I hated techno, because it was too functional. Too lazy, non-creative and without any imagination in my eyes. Thanks to labels as Minimal Wave, LIES Records News , Hotflush Recordings and Phantasy, to name a few, techno regained its soul. These recent discoveries have made me enthusiastic about techno all over again, and that’s what I hope you’ll hear as well.”

Reza Athar is a name that has been snapping the necks of the club elite for quite some time now so it seems. However, his quick rise actually started just over a year ago. Starting with his Horizon concept, in which he invited artists that needed to be introduced in Holland, he quickly got recognized for his diverse style and infectious DJ sets. Reza’s style is very diverse. He can dive into some italo, head over to post 80’s house and head on to techno, and he can do all of this in under ten minutes. The unique aspect about all of this, is that even though his love for music crosses many genre borders, he is always on point with telling his story, and blending all his records into a single piece of music.

In this 90 minute podcast Reza will showcase his recent developments, and live up to the name of being a true story teller. The full interview will be online by Thursday. Enjoy!

Max Ferdinand
less

When asking Timoka how he would describe his music he reacted very on point: “Well, it’s music above all. Sometimes it is quite hard to tell if something is really music or just sound design or plain, unorganized noise. Therefore I choose to not describe my music. That’s luckily not my concern, but for the people listening to it and reviewing it.”

more

Info
Artist: Timoka
Label: Holger Records
Based: Switzerland

Social:
Timoka: SC
Holger Records: WEB | SC | FB

Image:
Kuhnmi: WEB

When asking Timoka how he would describe his music he reacted very on point: “Well, it’s music above all. Sometimes it is quite hard to tell if something is really music or just sound design or plain, unorganized noise. Therefore I choose to not describe my music. That’s luckily not my concern, but for the people listening to it and reviewing it.”

Often it is indeed hard to distinguish music from sound, where both things can be interpreted differently, depending on your background and your definition of what music is. It is an interesting discussion, because there is absolutely no winner or loser in it. Timoka’s sound is indeed hard to describe. It varies from techno to ambient, from warm to industrial, and from organic to straight forward. We’ve asked him to partake in our podcast series, because disregarding his undefinability, his music stands alone in beauty and he is capable of telling emotional stories with sounds you wouldn’t associate with that storytelling capability. Sit back, let go of your musical conventions, and get carried away.

Max Ferdinand
less

For us, participating in the Together festival is something great. To showcase our love for deep, electronic house music around the world is what we love, and to connect with so many of you is truly a joy to witness.

We’ve looked closely at what artists would be a good reflection of our Dutch scene and who fitted in with the Together Festival. Among those is Tom Trago. A household name in our lands, and a spokesman at the frontier of house music. Tom is known here for his infamous nights at TrouwAmsterdam, his label Voyage Direct and recently his booking agency, Voyage Select, as well. A busy man as you can imagine, and we’re very happy to have him aboard. 

more

Info
Artist: Tom Trago
Label: Voyage Direct
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

Social:
Tom Trago: WEBSC | FB
Voyage Direct: WEB | SC | FB

Image:
Scot Wylie: FLI

For us, participating in the Together festival is something great. To showcase our love for deep, electronic house music around the world is what we love, and to connect with so many of you is truly a joy to witness.

We’ve looked closely at what artists would be a good reflection of our Dutch scene and who fitted in with the Together Festival. Among those is Tom Trago. A household name in our lands, and a spokesman at the frontier of house music. Tom is known here for his infamous nights at TrouwAmsterdam, his label Voyage Direct and recently his booking agency, Voyage Select, as well. A busy man as you can imagine, and we’re very happy to have him aboard. 

For the occasion of our first abroad event, and the start of his US tour, he put together a mix, showing his vision on quality house music. Over the years a great deal of artists have already done us the honor of contributing to our podcast series, and we’re very happy to have him aboard as well. We’re looking forward to our evening in Boston very much, and can’t wait to hear Tom Trago play. See you there! –

Max Ferdinand
less

Below is a transcription of the introduction to Elias Mazian’s podcast, for all you English speaking people. It’s a quote from a Dutch house legend, and it must be noted that this quote was recorded in the early nineties.

Elias didn’t include this quote because he wanted to make some brave statement about how there’s too much house music coming out and he thinks most of it is crap. No, on the contrary: he included it to put everything into a nice historic perspective. He thinks it’s important to maintain perspective, because that’s a good way to stay grounded and focussed. We had a talk with him about this and a lot of other stuff. You can read that on our website later this month. For now, let’s just enjoy this magnificent 32nd podcast.

more

Info
Artist: Elias Mazian
Label: Voyage Direct
Based: Amsterdam(NL)

Social:
Elias Mazian: SC | FB
Voyage Direct: WEBSC | FB

Image:
Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho: WEB

Below is a transcription of the introduction to Elias Mazian’s podcast, for all you English speaking people. It’s a quote from a Dutch house legend, and it must be noted that this quote was recorded in the early nineties.

Elias didn’t include this quote because he wanted to make some brave statement about how there’s too much house music coming out and he thinks most of it is crap. No, on the contrary: he included it to put everything into a nice historic perspective. He thinks it’s important to maintain perspective, because that’s a good way to stay grounded and focussed. We had a talk with him about this and a lot of other stuff. You can read that on our website later this month. For now, let’s just enjoy this magnificent 32nd podcast.

– “How’s it going?”
— “Good.”
– “What are you up to?”
— “Processing CD’s. House CD’s”
– “Oh yeah?”
— “Yeah.”
– “Shall I turn off that music? [yelling] Can someone please turn down that noise?!”
— “Is there a lot?”
– “What?”
— “Is there a lot in the area of House CD’s?”
– “What, in, what… Incredibly much. It’s overwhelming. Every week there’s about 6 or 7 compilation CD’s coming out.”
— “Compilation CD’s?”
– “Compilation CD’s. They all contain the same tracks, but everyone thinks it pays off, so everybody releases one.”
— “And it sells?”
– “Like hot cakes. It’s a niche market. Check this out, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7… It’s too much. The quality is dropping. Everybody with two fingers can make a House track nowadays. You buy a W-30, a Roland, you press the keys and you release it. The same with vinyl, 12″, every week like 300 to 400 titles. It’s impossible to keep track of.”

If he only knew… – C.

Cédric
less

Allow us to introduce you to Vela Uniform, the creator of our 31st podcast. This might be the first time you consciously read his name, yet he has been one of the driving forces behind SEKOIA for the last couple of years. As a resident DJ and a constant help on the production side of our events, he is the flag bearer for the darker music we’ve shared in the past.

more

Info
Artist: Vela Uniform
Label: SEKOIA
Based: Utrecht (NL)

Social:
Vela Uniform: SC | FB
SEKOIA: WEBSC | FB

Image:
Superfamous: WEB

Allow us to introduce you to Vela Uniform, the creator of our 31st podcast. This might be the first time you consciously read his name, yet he has been one of the driving forces behind SEKOIA for the last couple of years. As a resident DJ and a constant help on the production side of our events, he is the flag bearer for the darker music we’ve shared in the past.

His podcast will attest to that. In his own words: “For people interested in how I play DJ-sets in front of a crowd: I would like to invite those people to look around on my social channels, since there’s already a lot of my live material floating around.

The approach of this mix is a bit different. This podcast is my opportunity to tell a musical story. Taking some of the more abstract techno, combining records together and blending them by mixing really slowly and taking my sweet time. When mixing, I blur lines between one record and the next. In this way, the mix is quite a long trip, following waves and – hopefully – sucking you into it deeply.

I didn’t limit myself to a 60-minute time limit. I rather chose to let the music and its tides decide when and where it was the time to stop.”

Cédric
less

This podcast will do just the trick to get you into Weihnachtsstimming. That weak attempt at making a pun aside, we do want to wish you some happy holidays with this podcast. If you’re celebrating with a progressive family: put this on and see if you can get your aunt dancing on the table, waving a tablecloth above her head (and send us the pictures).

more

Info
Artist: Stimming
Label: Diynamic Music
Based: Hamburg (DE)

Social:
Stimming: WEBSC | FB
Diynamic Music: WEBSC | FB

Image:
Dustin Scarpitti: WEB

This podcast will do just the trick to get you into Weihnachtsstimming. That weak attempt at making a pun aside, we do want to wish you some happy holidays with this podcast. If you’re celebrating with a progressive family: put this on and see if you can get your aunt dancing on the table, waving a tablecloth above her head (and send us the pictures).

This podcast is a live recording of Stimming at the ZilpZalp Festival in former East Germany. Wouldn’t we rather have a tailor made podcast to put exclusively on our channel? In Stimming’s case, the answer is no. His music is best enjoyed live, interacting with the audience’s energy.

ZilpZalp was his best and favorite show in 2014, because the people were amazingly nice and friendly and that made him feel comfortable to experiment to his heart’s content. Chances are that you weren’t there to witness it, but now you will have the opportunity to relive it for the first time.

Cédric
less